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K
oki Morimoto
’s roiling black-and-white paintings seek the complexities of nature in an exceedingly stark aesthetic.
Morimoto pares down everything in his technique – composition, tone, line, and detail – to make images shrouded in
mystery. A swirling line or two against a blank background is often enough to suggest a shape, and from there it is left to
Morimoto’s expert manipulation of texture to create depth and energy. This is achieved with sinuous, layered brushstrokes
whose visibility is very much part of the point: each work is built out of interlocking streaks of opposite tones rather than
shades of gray. The technique is an expression of Morimoto’s own belief that drawing, like the spontaneous existence of life
in nature, is an act of growth in which “one line brings the
next line… trying to take its shape on the canvas.”
By framing his shapes in close-up and often painting on
a large scale, Morimoto imbues his work with a sense of
monumentality and urgency. Because the forms are so
ambiguously characterized, many works seem to depict
pure action. The subject becomes less important than
the movement, always caught at a crucial moment in
time. Morimoto’s work is abstracted but he does capture
the universal features of natural forms, such as one
might see in Art Nouveau or Romantic art. His shapes
undulate, bend, and adapt; they are fluid, never brittle,
and always resilient. He also has several series with titles
that do entertain specific themes, including his Memory
of a Seed and Beans Sprout paintings.
Morimoto was born in Hiroshima and has exhibited in
several cities in Japan, where he still resides. He views his
work as a connection to the infinity and inevitableness of
nature, in the air and on the ground.
Koki Morimoto
Koki Morimoto
Memory of a Seed 12-2 Acrylic on Canvas 39” x 28”
Memory of a Seed 12-1 Acrylic on Canvas 39” x 28”
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